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Kitty's Hallmark, 4840 Forest Drive #108 (Trenholm Plaza): 25 February 2012   4 comments

Posted at 1:40 am in Uncategorized

The Kitty's Hallmark location at Trenholm Plaza was in exactly the opposite situation of that of their Dutch Square location. In the Dutch Square case, the mall would have been glad for them to stay on, but given the current state of the mall, it didn't make business sense for Kitty's. In the case of the Trenholm Plaza store, Kitty's would have gladly stayed, but according to The State the mall owners think they can lease the slot out at a higher rate. That remains to be seen as I believe there is already a vacancy on that side, but in general they have been successful in "upscaling" Trenholm Plaza over the last several years. It's also an interesting issue with the plaza that it had two Hallmark franchaise stores almost next to each other as Books-A-Million also sells Hallmark items. Of course they have two grocery stores, two shipping operations, three banks and numerous restaurants, so duplication is not a *big* issue..

Anyway, this Kitty's was one of my go-to locations for birthday and christmas cards. While my all-time favorite line was the long discontinued Hallmark Lite brand ("One third less serious than regular greeting cards"), the Hallmark Shoebox line is almost as good, and I've certainly picked up a number there over the years. In the meantime, Kitty's maintains a number of other locations in the Midlands.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on February 28th, 2012

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4 Responses to 'Kitty's Hallmark, 4840 Forest Drive #108 (Trenholm Plaza): 25 February 2012'

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  1. Supposedly Edens had leased the space to Ann Taylor Loft.

    David

    28 Feb 12 at 8:53 am

  2. in the main post, it was mentioned how Trenholm Plaza has supported double of several things reminded me of something: A number of years ago, I stumbled upon a picture in one of my mom's yearbook that had showed what was a Piggly Wiggly at Trenholm Plaza and it makes me wonder what end it was (like was it on the Publix side or The Fresh Market side).

    The other thing I find myself wondering: With places such as Kmart, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Rite Aid and even some grocery stores (not sure which) selling cards now, will the need for freestanding Hallmark stores diminish?

    The interesting thing about the shipping operations is this: The Forest Acres Post Office is the only original Trenholm Plaza tenant (according to some research Ted's done) remaining and it's within a 5 min. walk of The UPS Store #3137

    Andrew

    28 Feb 12 at 9:53 pm

  3. @David -- The State pretty much confirms Ann Taylor.

    ted

    29 Feb 12 at 1:36 am

  4. David, the Pig was on the Fresh Market side. A&P was in the Publix space.

    Cary

    29 Feb 12 at 7:50 pm

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